Big Lineman To Check Out AU Plus Four Others

This big lineman from the state of Florida plans to make five official recruiting visits in the next seven weeks.

Miami, Fla.--Simon Codrington, a 6-7, 260-pound offensive tackle prospect from South Miami Senior High School, will be on the road taking official visits in five of the next seven weeks looking for the school he feels the most at home.

"Academics are kind of important, and I'm not too much worried about playing time," he says. "I'll just work my butt off and get as good as I can possibly be. The most important thing is player environment and where I feel the most comfortable at. Where I feel the most comfortable at is where I'm going to go."

Codrington says that Florida State, Auburn and North Carolina State are currently at the top of his list. Florida and West Virginia will also get an official visit from the tall tackle.

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The All-Dade County player will be taking his first visit this weekend to North Carolina State. "I like the coaches and I feel real close to the coaches," Codrington says of the Wolfpack. "I like the city of Raleigh. It's not like Miami by a long shot. It has a different feel to it. The people up there are really nice and I might have a chance to play early."

After traveling to Raleigh, he will visit Auburn on Dec. 17 before taking two weeks off from his visits. "They are one of the best in the country and the coaches are real cool," Codrington says. "I don't know too, too much about Auburn, but the offensive line coach (Hugh Nall) puts a lot of people in the pros.

"(Running backs) Coach (Eddie) Gran was at my school Thursday," he adds. "We talked about football, how I'm going to make my decision, what we're going to do on my visit and what not. He's really, really nice and he's straight forward, too."

To start the new year, Codrington will have visits in three straight weekends, starting with Florida State on Jan. 7.

"They're close to home, but not too close to home," he says of the Seminoles. "If I ever need to come home, it won't be too hard for me to come home. The same thing for Auburn since Auburn is right there at the bottom of Alabama. I like the coaches and (offensive line) coach (Jimmy) Heggins coached my father. I love Coach (Bobby) Bowden and they're all really nice people. I love the town as well."

Codrington will visit Florida and new coach Urban Meyer on Jan. 14 and West Virginia on Jan. 21 before reaching his final decision. "It'll be after I take all of my visits and sit down with my family," he says.

Codrington is playing basketball for South Miami and lifting weights to stay in shape during the off season. He also notes that he has a qualifying test score on the SAT (920) and a 2.5 grade point average.

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